Zabaldica was another pleasant hamlet and had an old church, with its overgrown yard and cracked walls that had seen better days. I wondered how many parishioners attended the churches in these hamlets. Better yet, how many people were left in these hamlets? Nearby, a beautiful stone house had attached to its walls a lovely lilac shrub in full bloom. I could smell the scent from across the road but walked right up to a flower for closer whiff. I closed my eyes as my mind and body ingested the sweet smell… From Page 41, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. I don’t know why, but the scent of lilac always makes me feel great.
On my last post, On the Camino de Santiago, The Pyrenees to Zubiri, Spain, I completed my first day on the French Way. It was a day full of excitement, but also one that was very tiring. Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).
Leaving Zubiri on a cool Spring morning.
The path out of Zubiri is mostly dirt and gravel except for stretches that had recently been covered with stones. Be careful walking on paths such as these when they are wet. The condition of the Camino early on in Navarra was excellent, for the most part.
I stopped for a moment to watch these beautiful horses graze in a field underneath cherry blossom trees in bloom. Let’s take a closer look…
Whitewashed and stone houses in the hamlet of Osteritz, about two kilometers from Zubiri.
This church in Ilarratz is La Abadia de Eskirotz y Ilarratz aka The Abbey. It is now in private hands and undergoing a restoration. The owner is Neill Le Roux. Thanks to Piet and Neill for their help with identification.
The view toward the village of Urdaniz from just outside of the enclosed graveyard.
A good example of the beautiful stone houses in this area. Let’s take a closer look…
I would have loved to see these vines in bloom.
The stone bridge over the Río Arga just as we enter Larrasoaña. The walk to this point had been very pleasant, except for some mud and one hill. The Arga was very prominent in this area, as much of the walk from Zubiri to Pamplona was along the Arga Valley.
The Church of San Nicolas in Larrasoaña.
Larrasoaña was a typical Camino village with one long main road through the center. This was the quiet main street at mid-morning. Pilgrims who had stayed in Larrasoaña had left much earlier and we also have the choice of bypassing the downtown. As with all the villages, I would recommend walking through this ancient Camino town.
One of the more prominent homes.
Here’s me on the bridge leaving Larrasoaña.
Iglesia de Transfiguración in the village of Akerreta.
Still a good walk to Pamplona.
The Camino followed the highway outside Larrasoaña. Care had to be taken while walking along the busy highways. If I have my information correct, it was along this stretch that a Canadian woman was hit by a car and killed a few years ago.
Across the highway, my eyes fixated on a tiny white cross that sat on top of a jagged, rocky outcrop or peak.
On our way to Arre and Pamplona.
The Camino climbed to an alto. Looking back along the Arga Valley.
Looking in the distance to Pamplona.
The Iglesia de San Pedro in the village of Irotz. This was a popular spot for pilgrims to take a much-needed break on the benches provided.
I can’t figure out which church this is.
The Iglesia San Esteban in Zabaldica.
The aforementioned house with the lilac.
The path leading to Arre.
One more short climb before…
descending to the stone bridge over the Río Ulzama in Arre, a suburb of Pamplona.
Short man-made waterfalls spanned the river. Loved this view from the bridge.
Entering the suburb of Arre.
One more look at the Río Ulzama.
Except for pilgrims and the odd local, the streets were deserted.
The Edificio Besta-Jira was originally built in 1911 as a casino. However, it didn’t last long as a casino and was soon taken over by the church.
The Palacio Uranga in Burlada was designed by Máximo Goizueta, possibly with some influence by the famed Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí.
The colorful and decorative façade of a home along the Camino in Burlada.
One last walk through Burlada before entering the city of Pamplona.
In Burlada, I took off my boot to find the beginning of my first blister. From that point on, blisters would be an important and often painful factor during each day of my Camino.
I hope you enjoyed this post, as I will stop in the suburb of Burlada. On my next post, On the Camino de Santiago in Pamplona, Spain, I’ll cross the Magdalena Bridge, and focus solely on the great city of Pamplona. Please join me.
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